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Phoenix Man Sentenced to 8.5 Years in Prison for Involvement in Murder-for-Hire Plot

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Ali Joseph, 44, of Phoenix, was sentenced on Monday by United States District Judge Diane J. Humetewa to 102 months in prison, followed by three years supervised release. Joseph pleaded guilty on December 12, 2023, to one count of Use of Interstate Commerce Facilities in the Commission of Murder for Hire.

Between May and August 2022, while Joseph was involved in contentious child-custody proceedings with the victim, Joseph had multiple in-person and electronic communications with an individual who was a Confidential Human Source (CHS) for the FBI. In these communications with the CHS, Joseph revealed that he was unwilling to share custody of his children with the victim because he believed her to be an “apostate” who would not raise his children on “the right path,” and he expressed his desire to have her murdered. Thereafter, the CHS introduced Joseph to an undercover FBI employee who Joseph believed was a hitman. Joseph offered to pay the “hitman” $3,000 to disguise himself as a homeless person who would attempt to rob and violently attack the victim as she left her workplace. Joseph provided the CHS with a $1,000 down payment along with a piece of paper containing photographs of the victim and her identifying information. Joseph told the CHS that he wanted the “hitman” to stab the victim in the neck to ensure she would not survive the attack, and asked the CHS to notify him when the murder was completed by sending him a funny photo or short video.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation in this case. The United States Attorney’s Office, District of Arizona, handled the prosecution.

CASE NUMBER:           CR-22-01070-PHX-DJH
RELEASE NUMBER:    2024-056_Joseph

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Zach J. Stoebe
Telephone: (602) 514-7413

Updated May 1, 2024

Violent Crime
Press Release Number: 2024-056_Joseph